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Mikel and Michael Santos head out on loan

Mikel Villanueva.
Mikel Villanueva. / SUR
  • Both players will ply their trade in the second tier next season

Despite featuring against Granada on Tuesday night and injuries in defence for Federico Ricca and Miguel Torres, Malaga have allowed centre-back Mikel Villanueva to complete a loan move to Segunda side Cadiz.

Mikel, 24, who has 14 caps for Venezuela, had found himself behind Luis Hernández, Paul Paysse and Diego González in the pecking order, despite a reasonable campaign last season.

That said, the club extended the player's contract until 2020 before allowing him to complete the switch.

Mikel was joined out the exit door on Friday by striker Michael Santos who completed a second-tier loan of his own - he joins Sporting Gijón who are fighting to return to LaLiga.

Santos scored three goals last campaign.